The Idler Renaissance Retreat, September 2024

Renaissance Retreat


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The Idler Renaissance Retreat to Umbria with Tom Hodgkinson, Tim Richardson and John-Paul Flintoff 14-21 September 2024

Spend a week idling, learning about philosophy, wandering around the great churches and artworks of Umbria and feasting in good company.

In the company of the Idler‘s editor Tom Hodgkinson and Academy director Victoria Hull, you’ll learn about the history of idling and about the philosophies of the Renaissance that can help us flourish. We’ll see some of the very greatest Renaissance art. We’ll learn the Renaissance skills of rhetoric that can help us in our writing and public speaking today. We’ll do yoga, read, walk, loaf and feast together. There will be walking in the chestnut orchards of the Umbrian hills and a trip to the beautiful medieval town of Arezzo to see the works of painter Piero della Francesca.

There’ll also be plenty of time for doing nothing.

Our tutors will be Idler art critic Tim Richardson, author John-Paul Flintoff, Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson and yoga teacher Claire Whalley. 

Find out about more about the Idler Renaissance Retreat 2024 HERE.

Secure your place now with a £500 deposit.

“The people, the guest speakers, the location and the many opportunities to enjoy activities and time to idle together was a gift and the perfect definition of a vacation. Tom and you offer something that is missing for many  these days and that is the opportunity to take time together with others to enjoy life.”

“The balance of the retreat was perfect. There was plenty of time for me to sit and think. I loved the physical exercise. Tennis, table-tennis, walks. The talks were informative and genuinely inspirational and thought-provoking for me. The people were also great… Inspirational stories from varied backgrounds and generations. I learnt so much.”


£1,250 per person if sharing a bedroom with two other people with ensuite bathroom (there is only one room at this price)

£1,575 per person sharing a bedroom with en suite bathroom

£1,595 per person, single occupancy if sharing a bathroom

£1,795 per person, single occupancy with en-suite bathroom

A deposit of £500 is payable now, the remainder is due on room confirmation.

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Please note the deposit is non-refundable.

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